Sep 25, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

World Languages: Italian, B.A.

The B.A. in World Languages allows students to specialize in two languages. In the World Languages: Italian major, students choose Italian as the primary language and one secondary language (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Latin, Russian or Spanish). Students must complete at least 22 credit hours of coursework beyond the first-year sequence in the Italian primary language and at least 17 credit hours in the secondary language. The total number of hours depends on the languages studied.

SMU Degree Requirements

An SMU undergraduate degree requires a minimum of 120 credit hours and must include completion of the University’s Common Curriculum , one major and a combination of electives and/or other majors or minors. Completion of certain majors requires more than 120 hours to finish the degree. The credit hours within this curriculum are distributed as follows:

Requirements for the Major

Elective Courses (9 Credit Hours)

  • Three 4000-level ITAL courses approved by adviser

Total for the Major Only: 22 Credit Hours + Hours Required for Secondary Language

Secondary Language


Required Courses

Elective Courses (6 Credit Hours)

Two from 3000-level or 4000-level FREN courses

Total: 20 Credit Hours


Required Courses

Total: 18-19 Credit Hours


Spanish has three tracks, for non-native, heritage and native speakers of Spanish. These categories refer to the students’ linguistic ability and are determined by the Spanish area adviser.

Track for Native Speakers: Native speakers will start coursework at the 4000 level. In consultation with the Spanish area adviser, native speakers who have not had formal academic training in written Spanish may begin coursework with SPAN 4358 ; otherwise, they should begin with SPAN 4357  or SPAN 4395 .

Track for Heritage Speakers: Heritage speakers must take SPAN 2323  and SPAN 4358 , instead of SPAN 2302  and SPAN 3358 . From the second category below, they may select from SPAN 3373 , SPAN 3374 , SPAN 3375 , or SPAN 4355  only.

Track for Non-Native Speakers: Non-native speakers may take SPAN 3355  before SPAN 3358  and/or may take one of the following concurrently with SPAN 3358 : SPAN 3311 , SPAN 3312 , SPAN 3313 , or SPAN 3355 .